Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NYC Bound

Missed this earlier but assistant strength coach Joe Gilfedder, an all-conference football player at Ithaca who helped head strength coach Spencer Brown train the Big Green, is headed to Fordham to  take over the Patriot League school's strength program. The Fordham release says he "will be responsible for the administration of the strength training and conditioning program for 22 intercollegiate teams."

At Dartmouth Gilfedder worked with men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s alpine skiing and sailing in addition to helping with football.

Find the Fordham release announcing his appointment HERE, and Gilfedder's bio HERE.
From a Philly.com story about Penn wide receiver Justin Watson at his Pro Day:
The funny thing about 40 times, you can run it once and 21 scouts can have 14 different times. The case here. (Penn coach Ray) Priore asked the scout right in front of him what he had on his stopwatch and the guy said 4.35. Some had numbers under 4.4, others just over. Penn’s football group talked among themselves about what the school should put out since there is no official number like at the NFL scouting combine. They decided the consensus should be about 4.42, since if they put out that Watson had run under 4.4, some teams might argue the point.
You can quibble all you want about the inexact 40 time but it's clear Watson is faster than people thought. While the scout who suggested he could be picked in the top four rounds of the draft may be guilty of a little hyperbole, better-than-expected speed, a 40-inch vertical, solid showings in the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl games and a good workout on his pro day have put Watson in the conversation to hear his name called late next month.

Watson finished his career second all-time among Ivy League players for receiving yards (3,777) and third in catches (286) and touchdowns (33 receiving).

Against Dartmouth he had 25 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns over his four years. Last fall he caught six passes for 55 yards and one touchdown against the Big Green.